An infected wisdom tooth, also known as pericoronitis, is a condition caused when bacteria are able to enter the gum tissue surrounding the wisdom tooth. This can lead to swelling, pain, and abscess formation. The extraction of an infected wisdom tooth is often recommended, as it can prevent further decay from developing around the area and reduce any associated symptoms of discomfort.
Symptoms of an Infected Wisdom Tooth
Common signs of an infected wisdom tooth include soreness in the gums and proximity to the tooth, as well as, pain or discomfort when biting. Another symptom often seen with an infection is a bad taste or odor in the mouth.
In addition to these symptoms, warning signs such as severe swelling in the cheek and face, drainage, or fever should be taken seriously, as they could indicate a more serious inflammation or infection.
Effects of an Infected Wisdom Tooth
Some of the possible complications of an infected wisdom tooth include a spread of the infection to other parts of the body, such as the neck and jaw, as well as damage to the nearby teeth and jawbone. Long-term, an infected wisdom tooth can also cause chronic pain and swelling which can lead to difficulty eating, speaking, and other daily activities.
What Does an Infected Wisdom Tooth Look Like After Extraction
After a wisdom tooth is extracted, the area may be red and inflamed for the first few days. The gum tissue near the extraction will heal with time, becoming paler in appearance and less sore. Any bad odor should also be reduced with time and the area should become less sensitive to the touch.
It is important to look for any signs of infection or abscesses, such as a collection of pus or a very deep red or dark-colored area. If this occurs, it is important to contact a medical professional immediately as it could indicate a serious infection.
Prevention of Infections in Wisdom Teeth
Good oral hygiene habits, such as brushing and flossing after meals, are essential to preventing infection of wisdom teeth. It is also important to visit a dentist regularly for routine checkups and dental cleanings.
In addition to these habits, certain treatments may also be beneficial in preventing a wisdom tooth infection. These treatments may include the use of antibiotics, as well as certain oral rinses or ointments that may provide additional protection.
An infected wisdom tooth can cause a variety of unpleasant symptoms and complications. In most cases, the recommended treatment is the extraction of the wisdom tooth. After the extraction, it is important to look for signs of infection in the area, such as redness and swelling, and contact a medical professional if any of these signs are present.
To prevent infection of the wisdom teeth, good oral hygiene habits and regular dental checkups are essential. Additionally, certain treatments such as antibiotics or oral rinses and ointments may help to prevent an infection from occurring.
DISCLAIMER: The advice offered is intended to be informational only and generic. It does not offer a definitive diagnosis or specific treatment recommendations for your situation. Any advice provided is no substitute for proper evaluation and care by a qualified dentist.